Fonds - University Lectures Committee fonds

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University Lectures Committee fonds

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  • 1949-2003 (Creation)
    University of British Columbia. University Lectures Committee

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61.5 cm of textual records
48 photographs
1 audio tape

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Based on the first committee minutes found in the records, the University Lectures Committee was operating for some time prior to 1949 and went through several names changes, including the Committee on University Lectures and the Presidents Permanent Committee on Lectures before they were finally renamed the Presidents Advisory Committee on Lectures in 1985. The committees goal was to bring outstanding academics or individuals representing a cross section of the arts, humanities, business and government to give talks to the university community. Over the years, the committee administered several lecture series, including the General Lectures (renamed the Presidents Lectures), Leon and Thea Koerner Lectures, Hewitt-Bostock Lectures, J. V. Clyne Lectures, Canadian Club Lectures, Sedgewick Lectures, Kapoor Singh Lectures and H.R. MacMillan Lectures. On some occasions, the committee co-sponsored the Koerner Lectures series with the Centre for Continuing Education and the Vancouver Institute. Although they shared administrative services with Green College, the committee did not administer or oversee the Cecil H. and Ida Green Lectures series.

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The fonds consists of minutes of committee meetings, financial reports, correspondence, curriculum vitae, lists of lectures, newspaper clippings from the Ubyssey and the Vancouver Sun, posters, speeches, songs, photographs and an audio tape. This fonds also contains records of the Dal Grauer Lecture Series. The fonds is arranged in five series: Administrative, General Lectures, J.V. Clyne Lectures, Audio Tape and Photographs.

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The fonds was transferred to the Archives in 2003 by Roseanne Rumley, former administrative assistant to the University Lectures Committee, the Green Lectures Committee, and the Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture Commttee.


The Dal Grauer lecture series had its own committee separate from the University Lecture Committee, however, the records of both lecture committees were filed together as a single unit.

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Fonds consists of institutional records – access requests must be reviewed by the University's FOIPOP Coordinator.

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Due to the incompleteness of the records themselves, research was conducted to determine the early history of the committee. Despite efforts, the Archives was unable to find sufficient information about the committee's original mandate, financing and operations. The administrative history in the description come directly from the records themselves and demonstrates the little knowledge the Archives possess about this committee's activities.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-973

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